Multiply Your Impact Strategically (Part 2 of 4)

In last week’s blog post, I introduced the idea of implementing strategic concepts, which is a short-hand way of thinking of bigger ideas. It’s a shortcut that doesn’t short-cut the results.

There are at least 10 of these strategic concepts that I regularly refer to, but we’ll unpack just a couple of these in this series.

Advanced Strategic Concept #1: “Kaizen”

Definition: “Continuous slow improvement.” That’s the rough translation of “kaizen” in Japanese. What I teach in coaching is the idea of making continuous improvement over time, no matter how small. It’s all about you moving in the right direction.

Application to your ministry: When someone joins our coaching network, we tell them not to try doing everything at once. Ask yourself, “In what areas of my life and ministry can I make a 1% improvement every week?” For example, if your area for improvement is Assimilation, can you start writing handwritten notes to first-time guests?

Process for Kaizen:

1.) Identify where you are now. Start with some data.
2.) Identify where you want to be. Adjust it to be reasonable.
3.) Measure your goal.
4.) Create your plan for continuous improvement

Be sure to check back next week when I share a second strategic concept.

Click here to read the first installment.

Your partner in ministry,


P.S. – To learn more on Strategic Concepts, click here to check out my resource on the subject.

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About Nelson Searcy

Nelson Searcy is an experienced church planter, coach and church growth strategist, working with churches in over 45 denominations. Nelson is also the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, with locations across New York City and in San Francisco and Boca Raton, FL. He first developed the Assimilation System 10 years ago at the Journey Church and has since implemented and improved these strategies with over 3,000 churches across all sizes and denominations. He started coaching pastors in 2006 and has personally coached over 2100+ senior pastors, helping them break common growth barriers like 125, 250, 500, 1000 and beyond, all while maintaining personal life and ministry balance. As founder of Church Leader Insights and the Renegade Pastors Network, he has trained more than 50,000 church leaders (3,000+ church planters). He is the author of over 85 church growth resources and 17+ books, including Fusion: Turning First-Time Guests Into Fully-Engaged Members of Your Church and The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life and Ministry. His continued mission is to help church leaders around the world cooperate with God in creating healthy, thriving churches. Nelson is married to Kelley and together they have one son, Alexander.

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